11th January 2008
QBoy meets hip hop heroes
11:50 AM — Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently - meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy. This is the rapper's first radio production credit.
Pink Singers bring Continental show to London
2:15 AM — After two concerts in Paris, the Pink Singers are bringing Amour and more to London.Equivox, the vibrant Parisian lesbian and gay choir, will be the special guests of the performance which includes various love songs inspired in the city of Paris.The lesbian and gay community choir will be putting on the show on January 19th at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Road.
Stonewall speaks out about bullying after teen suicide 3
1:55 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has highlighted the treatment of gay kids in British schools after media reports about a teenage girl who committed suicide after a campaign of harassment about her sexuality.In a letter to supporters Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill wrote: "A number of newspapers reported the death by suicide on Tuesday of a 14 year-old girl from Sussex who had been reportedly taunted by bullies calling her a lesbian.
10th January 2008
Will the NHS cut HIV prevention funding or not? 15
6:26 PM — A 36% cut in the funding for HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men is to go ahead, claims human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.Last month charity Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) announced the NHS cuts had been averted.A reduction of £650,000 spending on the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme was proposed by London's Primary Care Trusts.
LGBT Labour slam homophobic incitement rebels 100
6:10 PM — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans campaign group within the Labour party has said that the small group of party MPs who voted in favour of weakening a new law protecting gay people should be "disgraced by their actions."The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed the Commons last night.It contains a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Similar proposals to protect trans people were added to the Bill.
Commons debates homophobic hatred and blasphemy 100
5:45 PM — Yesterday MPs discussed the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. As expected, a cross-party group of Christian MPs attempted to amend the proposed new offence of incitement to homophobia on the grounds of sexual orientation.They were overwhelmingly defeated.An amendment introduced by Labour MP Jim Dobbin would have allowed criticism of and expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation.
Trans woman claims sexual discrimination
4:40 PM — A 59-year-old woman from Plymouth is taking a college to an employment tribunal claiming she was not chosen for a job because she is a transsexual.Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.Ms Leslie believes she was qualified for the post as student union assistant, which mainly consisted of organising events for students and paid a pro-rata salary of £13,500 a year.
Diana witness: Queen disapproved of AIDS work 3
3:02 PM — A former Royal police protection officer has claimed that Diana, Princess of Wales confided in him that the Queen did not approve of her support for HIV and AIDS charities.Giving evidence to the inquest into the death of the former Princess, Ken Wharfe told the jury that after a meeting with the Queen, Diana returned to the car distressed.He claims she then told him that the Queen "doesn't like me getting involved in AIDS" and would prefer she involved herself in "something more pleasant."
Pride London parade to take place in July 4
12:55 PM — This year's Pride London parade and rally are set to be the biggest ever say organisers.The parade will take place in central London on Saturday July 5th."Following the enormous success of the Pride events in June 2007, and all the feedback we received from people who took part, our aim is to create an even bigger and better event for 2008," said Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London.
The gay poem that broke blasphemy laws 13
12:50 PM — The announcement that the government may support moves to strike down blasphemy laws comes 30 years after Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity, the last prosecution for blasphemy.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976.
Portsmouth unveils LGBT History Month events
11:10 AM — A gay ghost hunt, Judy Garland, Mr Humphries and gay life on the ocean waves are due to be the highlights of LGBT History Month in Portsmouth next month.Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event. The council will make a final decision this month.History Month celebrations begin with a church service at John Pounds Memorial Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth on 3rd February.
9th January 2008
Government may back abolition of blasphemy laws 100
11:30 PM — Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.She was speaking in the House of Commons during the debate on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.MPs from all sides criticised the government for pushing the legislation forward with just over eight hours of debate.
42-year-old builder guilty of harassing gay teenager 13
4:15 PM — A man who waged a campaign of abuse against a 17-year-old boy has been convicted by a court in Wales of harassment.Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.The father of four tried to claim to police that he did not know the word 'faggot' was an abusive term and claimed in court that the 17-year-old made the whole thing up.
Newcastle councillors approve branch of Clone Zone
3:40 PM — Efforts by fundamentalist Christians to block a shop that sells sex toys and gay DVDs opening in Newcastle have failed.Earlier this week members of the city council regulatory committee approved a licence for a branch of Clone Zone to open in the Scottswood Road.The location, described by the Newcastle Chronicle as in the "gay village," is close to St Mary's Cathedral and another shop that sells R18 DVDs, aimed at the straight community.
Gay Christians question evangelical’s employment tribunal
2:35 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has highlighted the employment practices of a development agency whose UK President has taken the Bishop of Liverpool to an employment tribunal.Dr Elaine Storkey, an academic and contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, claims she was dismissed from her at an Oxford theological college, Wycliffe Hall, because she was "the wrong type of Christian Evangelical."The LGCM described the principal of the college, Reverend Richard Turnbull, as an "ultra-conservative fundamentalist evangelical."
MP aims to strike down blasphemy laws 3
12:20 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has attached an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that would abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.Dr Evan Harris' proposal is backed by 27 MPs will be debated today. It is supported by civil rights groups, Humanists and some Christian organisations.Last year Christian Voice attempted to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC after Jerry Springer: The Opera was screened.
Police top gay employers list in Scotland and Wales 1
11:20 AM — Lothian and Borders police has been named the most gay-friendly employer in Scotland.The force came 11th in the UK list, up from 80th in 2007.Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) today.It showcases Britain's top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Stonewall reveals best employers for LGB people 1
1:16 AM — Stonewall has published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index, showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for gay people.Top employer for 2008 is Nacro, the national crime reduction charity. The Greater London Authority comes second.Hampshire and Staffordshire police forces are joint third in the Index, which is based on a range of key indicators.
8th January 2008
Documentary explores lesbian beauty 2
4:40 PM — A TV programme in which a bisexual woman goes on a mission to see if lesbians view the female body the same way as heterosexual men has been showing this week.Current TV is showing Lesbian Beauty as part of a week-long season it is currently hosting named Skin Deep, which is airing until January 12th.In a bid to go beyond the usual lesbian beauty stereotypes of 'butch' or 'lipstick lesbians,' Tat Grey visited the Miss Gay UK pageant, met the editor of Diva magazine and hit the lesbian clubs and bars on the street of Soho.
Gay holiday companies merge to form largest in Europe 1
4:12 PM — Respect Holidays and Sensations Holidays, the UK's largest tour operators specialising in gay and lesbian travel, have merged.Now Europe's largest specialist tour operator, Respect will continue to trade as Respect Holidays, and Sensations will trade as Sensations Holidays.The parent company that both holiday brands will trade under, Lidana Limited, is the current umbrella company of Respect Holidays.